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Welcome to the Marine Mammal Commission

The Commission was created under Title II of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, which took effect on 21 December of that year. The Commission's primary focus and duties are the protection and conservation of marine mammals.

This site provides a single point of information on the activities, programs, and publications of the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals, and conveys other relevant information on the conservation and protection of marine mammals and their ecosystems.



New Vaquita Survey on its Way

October 2015: The Mexican Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources has launched the most comprehensive survey ever for vaquitas in the northern Gulf of California. The survey will cover an area of roughly 100 by 50 miles, encompassing the entire known range of the species. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), primarily the SWFSC, will provide field and analytical expertise and logistical support to the international team of scientists and observers from Mexico, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Follow-us on twitter for more vaquita news.

Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Research and Monitoring Meeting

In April 2015, the Commission and several partner organizations convened a meeting of scientists, resource managers, NGOs, and industry representatives working in the Gulf of Mexico to identify high priority marine mammal information needs for the next 5-15 years and to discuss existing and emerging funding opportunities in the Gulf. The goal of the meeting was to facilitate long-term research planning, information sharing, and capacity building in the Gulf, in coordination with emerging and existing environmental monitoring initiatives. A summary of the meeting is available here.

2015 Annual Meeting

We held our 2015 annual meeting May 5-7 in Charleston, SC at the Francis Marion Hotel. A copy of the agenda and presentation materials, including summaries of each session, can be accessed here. At our annual meetings we engage other federal agencies, stakeholders, and interested members of the public on the science, policy, and management issues related to the Commission's mission to conserve marine mammals and their ecosystems.

Arabian Sea humpback whales

May 2015: Marine Mammal Commission sponsored Workshop sets research priorities for endangered Arabian Sea humpback whales. Workshop report available here.

2014 Annual Report

Mar 2015: The 2014 Annual Report highlights a few of our top accomplishments for 2014 and goals for 2015-2016. Click here to view the report.

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